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Full text of "Long Lance"

WHAT'S    IN   ^N   INDIAN

The foregoing Is the reason why no old Indian
will ever tell you his own name. If you ask him
he will turn to some third person and nod for him
to tell you. The reason for this Is that he is too
modest to brag of his exploits on the war-path.
His names are like decorations in the white man's
army, and the Indian has a certain reticence
against advertising his bravery by pronouncing
his own name in public.

There are certain 'Chief Names' among the
Indians which the original owners made so distin-
guished that the tribe never allows them to pass
out. These names are perpetuated In successive
generations, and after a while they become a
dynastical name, such as 'Ptolemy' In the Egyp-
tian line of rulers. One of my names. Chief
Buffalo Child, Is a dynastical name and title
among the Blood Band of Blackfeet living at
Cardston, Alberta. The original Chief Buffalo
Child was killed in battle, in what is now Mon-
tana, more than eighty years ago; and years ago
when I became a chief of this band his name was
resurrected and perpetuated in the present holder
of the title  thanks to our war chiefs, Mountain
Horse and Heavy Shields, and to the Blood
Missionary, the Reverend Canon S. MIddleton,

I have four other names: Night Traveller,
Spotted Calf, Holds Fire, and Long Lance. Of
these latter four I valued Spotted Calf the most,

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